News: Two Zelda Titles, SMT x Fire Emblem, Mario Games, and More Announced in Nintendo Direct

I don't know about you guys, but I'm already boarding.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already boarding.

Unfortunately, there was no mention of anything for the 3DS, but a ton was announced in terms of the Wii U. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the highlights:

A new Mario platformer and a new Mario Kart title are in development and are planned to be shown at E3 2013. The new Super Smash Bros. title is still in development and will “need more time.” Don’t worry, Brawl and Melee will continue to carry us through these dark times, as well as some of the following titles.

Yoshi makes his triumphant return as the hero of his own home console game (not since Yoshi’s Story for N64 in 1998)! The new title is called Yarn Yoshi at the moment and is basically Kirby’s Epic Yarn with Yoshi! Yoshi uses his tongue like Kirby used a whip to assail Shy Guys and the like. The graphics look more or less like Kirby’s Epic Yarn did, which is definitely not a bad thing. Of course, being on the Wii U, everything looks a little crisper and generally more fluffy.

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The highlight of the video was the announcement of two Zelda titles. Like the new Super Smash Bros. game, Iwata states that the developers will need more time to make the new title. However, we do get a treat with a remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in HD for the Wii U. Personally, I’m not completely sold on the idea of a remake, but you can make your own opinion with some screenshots. It’s certainly different from the 2D cel-shaded GameCube graphics and will take some getting used to. Other than the graphical boost, the game will include gameplay “tune-ups” as well as possible Miiverse capabilities. The game is slated for a Fall 2013 release.

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What followed can only be truly appreciated with this brief video:

That’s right, a Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover! What an unlikely pairing, if I do say so myself. Iwata justifies this strange decision saying that it’s difficult to produce games at a quick rate by simply approaching things the conventional way. A sound way of thinking, I would imagine. Thus, we are presented with a crossover of these two franchises, and by the looks of things it spans across every single game for both series. Unforunately, I’ve never played any of the primary SMT games, but I believe the characters in this game are from the four main titles (with the 4th being released for the 3DS some time this year). For Fire Emblem‘s side, we see familiar faces from Marth to Eliwood to Ike. No other details pertaining to the game have been released yet. Maybe the idea of a Persona and Pokemon crossover wouldn’t be too far-fetched now?

The video closes with scenes from a completely new game simply titled X at the moment (which honestly makes it impossible to search for). From the looks of it, it plays like a mix between Monster Hunter and Xenogears (you can fly mechs!). Some developers from Xenoblade Chronicles and the company Monolith Soft are also working on X, and judging from the name I think we can assume that it is most likely a throwback to the Xeno games.

2 responses to “News: Two Zelda Titles, SMT x Fire Emblem, Mario Games, and More Announced in Nintendo Direct

  1. Nintendo is coming back with a vengeance. I should just make a “Nintendo Gaming Funds” change jar for myself.

  2. If you have not played smt yet its about time; nay way over due. Get your self an emu and play the greatest game for the snes. ever! Also jack frost better be in the smash brothers (nintendo)… He-hoo need to teach that piss colord rodent a lesson once and for He-all…he-hoo

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